Thurber Prize for American Humor
Congratulations to the three finalists for the 2016 Thurber Prize!
- Jason Gay: Little Victories. In his hilarious debut, Wall Street Journal writer Jason Gay embarks on a comic journey through family and fatherhood, sickness and health, heartbreak and joy. He tackles such issues as how to support kids' sports without brawling with another parent in the parking lot. Whether you’re a recent grad, a Little League coach in the making, or a wise grandparent who has seen it all, Little Victories will remind you to celebrate the small moments, perfect and imperfect alike.
- Harrison Scott Key: The World's Largest Man. The riotous, tender story of a bookish Mississippi boy and his flawed, Bunyanesque father. Key grew up among pious, Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father - a hunter, a fighter, a football coach, "a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America." Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, The World's Largest Man is an unforgettable memoir.
- Mary Norris: Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen. Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. Between You & Me features Norris's laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage. Norris writes, "The dictionary is a wonderful thing, but you can't let it push you around."
The winner of the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor will be announced at a ceremony on September 26 at Carolines on Broadway in New York.
The 2016 Thurber Prize is to be conferred upon the author and publisher of the outstanding book of humor writing published in the United States between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015. The Thurber Prize for American Humor is the nation's highest recognition of the art of humor writing. The award carries with it a $5,000 prize and a commemorative crystal plaque for the winning author.
The three esteemed judges for the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor are:
- John Kenney, New Yorker contributor and 2014 Thurber winner for his book Truth in Advertising
- Celia Rivenbark, humor columnist and author of seven books, including Rude Bitches Make Me Tired and the 2005 Thurber finalist We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier: Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle
- Bruce Tracy, Senior Editor at Workman Publishing who edited the 2006 Thurber winner The Other Shulman by Alan Zweibel and finalists including Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas and The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death by Laurie Notaro